Do you own or have you ever owned a Chinese smartphone?

Do you own or have you ever owned a Chinese smartphone?
While Apple and its release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the Chinese market seems to have led to local manufacturers revisiting their prices upwards, it's still true that handsets from the Middle Kingdom are vastly more affordable than their mainstream counterparts. For a long time now, this has been the number one reason some people consider them when on the market for a handset. That, and the occasional need to own something that not everyone on your block has in his pocket, too.

It's not just about pricing, however — makers such as Huawei and Xiaomi, for example, have proven that they've got what it takes to build devices that can truly compete with the big boys. And yet, despite the former's relatively extensive supply chain network, the majority of Chinese manufacturers have a hard time bringing their wares to countries outside of their own. This is slowly changing, of course, but it's still fair to say that, for the most part, you'll have to rely on import companies in your area, or give one of the many China-based e-tailers a shot and get a given smartphone that way.

Have you ever done that?

Do you own or have you ever owned a Chinese smartphone?

I own a Chinese smartphone
30.87%
I don't own a Chinese smartphone
53.73%
I used to own a Chinese smartphone
15.4%

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42 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Odd, there's no option on there for "I used to not own a Chinese smartphone"... you know, for us Motorola users. lol .... sigh...

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I thought almost all phones are made in China... I mean Samsung, Apple, Motorola... & so on make all their devices in China... So I guess WE all have phones from China.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, but specific chinese brands only.

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know.... lolololololololololololololol It was a joke. But no, I never had a Chinese brand phone.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, some people just don't get it.... that being said, is Motorola now a Chinese brand as they're now owned by Lenovo? Or can we still call them an American brand because of the design and origin of the company being state side? I still consider Nokia a European brand to be honest, despite Microsoft buying the company. Maybe it's all a matter of individual perspective.

11. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

To me, Motorola is still an American brand, even though owned by Lenovo. Alcatel is still a French brand, even though owned by TCL. Nokia is still a Finnish brand, even though owned by Microsoft.

28. Cicero

Posts: 1133; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And Volvo is a Swedish car own by Chinese and Range Rover is a British car own by Indian and so on. Money talk. At the end design and development is dooing in home brand countries and matters.

20. waddup121 unregistered

yes. apple.

30. Simona unregistered

All smartphones are from china ....

40. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

My LG is made in Korea

41. Simona unregistered

Electronic components from taiwan or singapore or shemzen or tokyo

32. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

you typed the words out of my fingers

34. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

This is confusing, I use iPhone as a back up phone. It is considered Chinaphone?

37. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Manufacturered and designed in China are two different things.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Nor is the option "I'm planning to own a chinese brand phone."

2. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

Which phones are NOT made in China?

19. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Samsung. Vietnam/Korea

42. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Blu... Designed in Miami and made in Vietnam.

6. dimas

Posts: 3373; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The only non-Chinese phone owners are the nokia users.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm pretty sure their phones are still manufactured by Foxconn though. Microsoft outsources their X Box manufacturing to them and so does the non MS owned branch of Nokia.

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I think most people here didn't get PA's point, but the title is kinda unclear, it should've been "Chinese branded smartphone" instead of "Chinese smartphone" since most phones nowadays are made in China. For me, I don't own a Chinese smartphone. But I'm definitely gonna try one in the future, I do like these Chinese brands like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Meizu, Lenovo, they make pretty good phones.

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I'm looking forward phonearena to make poll 'who owns indian branded or brazilian branded smartphone' for the foreseeable future as they start to build mobile factory and learn to make one for their own

12. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I used to own quite a couple of Chinese brands back before during Symbian times.Someone remember the analogue TV receiving handsets from China? yea those ..can't even recall names:P. but one I always do remember is the ZTE F9...DSTV mobile :) ^Bm ™

13. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Currently the ones tempting are the Huaweis' Mate 7 or a P8 max :) ^Bm ™

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Are we counting Taiwanese companies like HTC and ASUS?

15. Hercx

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

My first Android was a ZTE Blade (Orange San Francisco) and it was spectacular at the time, then I had an HTC One V (hated it), then I had a Galaxy S3 (It was ok, but the battery life was awefull), Now I own a Oneplus One, It is an amazing device and I doubt Ill ever buy Samsung, HTC, Sony... again

16. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

I'm definitely not against owning a Chinese smartphone. Its actually their fault for not putting the proper frequency bands for US consumers to use on their networks.

17. Jabarkas unregistered

Chinese phones often lack some important LTE frequencies. That was the reason, why I didnt buy Meizu MX4.

18. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

definitely yes, OnePlus One is a pure Chinese Gem.

21. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

used to have a Chinese keypad phone, with touchscreen and TV function. the design is something like Nokia N73, but much thinner and less plasticky though. cost about 80 USD.

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